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How to Maintain Your Privacy on the Internet
As technology advances, trying to maintain privacy on the Internet has become increasingly difficult. Nowadays there are so many different ways to be tracked online. Many everyday activities now involve computers and the Internet. Cell phones, emails, web browsers, search engines, and social media sites are just a few examples of technologies that produce digital footprints as a natural byproduct of using them.
When what we do on the Internet is combined with other data about us, it creates a profile that can be tracked, and therein lies the problem of online privacy. It begins with large data brokers collecting information about us and building massive databases to store what they’ve found. Giant corporations like Google and AT&T also collect data about us, which is stored, analyzed, indexed, and sold as a commodity to data brokers and even shared with the federal government. The brokers, in turn, might sell it to other entities and have built enormous databases of our personal information.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) monitors private emails and collects our sensitive information, too. Even local school districts across the United States have begun data mining students and building student databases, despite federal student-privacy protections guaranteed by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. Then these entities share the information with each other; corporations sell it to governments and vice-versa, and companies sell it to other companies, all without our knowledge or consent.
Although described with a rather fatalistic conclusion, security researcher Bruce Schneier touched on these privacy and security issues in a blog post entitled “Our Internet Surveillance State." He summarized some of the challenges we face as follows:
In today’s world, governments and corporations are working together to keep things that way. Governments are happy to use the data corporations collect — occasionally demanding that they collect more and save it longer — to spy on us. And corporations are happy to buy data from governments. Together the powerful spy on the powerless, and they’re not going to give up their positions of power, despite what the people want.
At some point the lack of better privacy laws could present a very real threat. As senior security consultant Paul Hill told The New York Times, “They may have the best of intentions now, but who knows what they will look like 20 years from now, and by then it will be too late to take it all back.”
The good news is there are measures we can take to protect our privacy. Maintaining privacy on the Internet is an important layer of security and keeps your digital life hidden from others. So we've put together some useful tips that may help you avoid being tracked on the Internet.
Use a Proxy Server
All computers participating in a network that uses the Internet Protocol for communication are assigned a numerical label called an Internet Protocol address (IP address). One function of an IP address is for identification purposes. So long as your Internet use can be tied to your unique IP address, this information can be used to track you.
Hiding your IP address is possible by connecting to a Virtual Private Network (VPN). These services route your data stream to a proxy server, which obscures your identity from websites and your Internet service provider by removing your IP address before the data is sent to its destination. Additionally, these services encrypt data traveling to and from their servers so it appears like random bits to anyone who would be monitoring wireless networks in public locations.
Tor is a good free VPN that will help you maintain privacy on the Internet. Take advantage of Tor to prevent others from discovering your location or browsing habits.
Encrypt Confidential Data
Losing confidential data during the exchange of messages and files between computers is a risk many of us worry about. Luckily, there are solutions to help keep this information hidden. One tool in particular, Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) software, exists to promote awareness of privacy issues and make the job of encrypting and signing data files easy to accomplish. PGP is considered by many the de-facto standard for email encryption today, with millions of users worldwide.
Sending messages using PGP software will help you maintain privacy on the Internet. You can download and install PGP software from the International PGP homepage.
Tweak Your Social Media Privacy Settings
If you’re aiming to be more conscious of your Internet privacy, the default settings for your social media profiles could use some tweaking. We’ve previously written about some ways to improve your privacy online with a list of Facebook privacy settings that you should pay close attention to, and also mentioned how to enable Twitter’s Do Not Tracksettings. In addition to updating your social media privacy settings, it's a good idea to log off sites like Facebook and Twitter whenever you're not using them.
Block Third-Party Cookies
Web browsers are beginning to include features that allow you to block third-party tracking, which has gained traction in recent years. Do Not Track settings are available in Safari, Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera, and other browsers. For details on blocking third-party cookies using your web browser, head over to this article that explains what Do Not Track is, and why you should care.
Block Third-Party Flash Content
Most people are aware that their web browser stores cookies. However, most people are not aware that Flash Player has its own method of using cookies, and that the information in these cookies can be shared among websites. Head over to this web page, which displays your Flash security and privacy settings, and make some changes to keep these cookies off your computer. Uncheck “Allow third-party Flash content to store data on your computer" to block these cookies from being stored. (Note: the downside to unchecking this setting is that it may prevent Flash content from playing on some websites.)
When it comes to maintaining privacy and security on the Internet, most of us want balance and transparency. Only in rare cases would people want their entire computer so locked it becomes a hassle to execute normal tasks. Other users may be fine with sharing some information with services they trust. But while we wait for better privacy laws to catch up with new advances in technology and protect us against intrusive data mining practices, use these tips to avoid letting your data get in the wrong hands.
In my opinion, The Matrix films provide the best metaphor our society has for understanding why organized evil and oppression are allowed to exist, and so I will use it for this purpose. While my interpretation isn’t the only possible one, I believe it to be valid, comprehensive, and most importantly, illustrative of the message I am trying to convey.
So let’s begin by discussing what the Matrix is not. The Matrix is not the physical world. As far as I’m concerned, the physical world is actually real and is in fact governed ceaselessly by the laws of physics. Conversely, the Matrix is also not the Internet, despite what many seem to believe. The Matrix spans and transcends both these worlds. It has existed since the dawn of civilization, and it will continue to exist until its collapse.
So then, what is it? Well, that’s complicated. Much like in the movie, it’s nearly impossible to convey the size and scope of the Matrix to someone who doesn’t already see it for what it is. However, unlike the movie, I believe it is an ethical imperative to try to convey it in a literal sense, even to those who are so dependent upon the Matrix that they would fight to protect it. At worst, they won’t understand or believe and will continue on about their business. In a sense, I believe Cypher was right to resent Morpheus for what he did, because Morpheus is the social structure that subordinates Humanity to its will. It is the machinery of society that exists solely to perpetuate itself, its influence, and its power independent of any human need. It insulates us from each other and ourselves through deception, and essentially transforms us into servile engines of economic and political output (power). The machines that live off this power are institutions: large corporations, governments, schools, religious institutions, and even non-profit orgs. Every institution will reach a point in its existence where its primary function becomes self-preservation and perpetuation, instead of serving human need. At this point it becomes a machine of the Matrix. For example, when they become machines, governments cease to serve people and instead seek to extend their power over them; corporations prioritize increasing shareholder value over producing quality products or otherwise serving the public good; schools view students as a means and not an end; religious organizations equate membership with salvation (and actively oppose other teachings and even independent practice); and non-profits and charities spend more budget on fund raising activity than on their original focus. Inevitably all large institutions eventually become machines. They become too big for Humanity.
In addition to the independent self-perpetuating machines that write most of our paychecks, the Matrix has several major cooperative and more actively sinister groups of machines subsisting off of its power and directly contributing to the structure of the Matrix itself. These groups are the Military Industrial Complex, the Political Industrial Complex, the Prison Industrial Complex, the Surveillance Industrial Complex, the Media Industrial Complex, the Academic Industrial Complex, the Agricultural Industrial Complex, the Medical Industrial Complex and the major religious organizations (not to be confused with actual religions, many religious organizatons have abandoned the underlying principles of the religions they claim to represent). All machines in these groups either actively oppress humanity, or enable the oppression to persist. It is through their combined efforts that the Matrix takes on some of its more distasteful qualities.
Do you ever wonder If Aristotle and Plato dedicated their lives to something they don’t really believe or tested? They had a school, a philosopher school. 2300 years ago and still today we have to learn it at the University’s. But why? If the things they said back then where just thought forms without a deeper truth or meaning why do we need to go so far back?
How many opinions are there? Why are the opinions of them so important that was my question. If you then take Karl Marx his book ‘das capital’, and you see his vision completely clashes with the visions of the ancient philosophers, not just little differences in opinion but a way of thinking I call it a form of dehumanization, all in the name of capital. Without shame.
I wonder how this can be. Because truth can be found in Ancient Philosophy, I believe in the laws concerning property en wealth that Aristotle pointed out very strictly in his works. Why? Because the people he worked with were on to something. You don’t do the things they did if it’s all without meaning. With the invention of money those laws could be altered because the economy was since then not a trade of goods but an economy based on money. Carl Marx was the front-man of a shift. Money going to the digital age. Therefore maybe we should take Marx and add IT with the theory to make it up to date. Marx-IT or Matrix.
He comes with the claim that a worker should earn just enough to stay healthy, so that he can produce each day the same. In other words, the only reason we give you money is to stay working for us. Producing. You can’t earn to much money because then you get lazy, just enough to see you show up each day, with the amount of sleep you need for your energy level to produce as much as possible.
Nice Philosophy he? Full of ethics and deep Human values.
Bentham with his Utilitarianism philosophy comes in to play, maybe we can do again a little game because that’s the trademark of certain organizations. riddles and things hidden in plain sight. Utilitarianism = Illuminatiarism, or how would you yourself name the philosophy based on the Illuminaty? Ok that’s all speculation but look at the death of Aristotle and combine it with the date of death of Bentham, the inventor of Utilitarianism. Then we have 322 and 1832. Benthams body was preserved, his head was mummified but his body had to exist of bones, so no mummification. His head was missing. Why is that weird and why all these facts?
because if you go to skull and bones you see only 2 dates 322 and 1832, a head and bones. When you study philosphy your book begins with 322 and ends with 1832 or the other way around. When you put these 2 philosophers together they don’t mean much for each other but when you look deeper, you will see that Utilitarianism combined with Aristotle and Marx + money in the form of a digital current, provides the perfect blend to respect the natural laws of Ancient Philosophers by a form of energy transfer to money.
Money you can give away as a loan, you can invest it, by doing this you don’t have a big capital or any of the things that Ancient Philosophers protested against concerning Natural laws. I don’t know if having to much wealth/capital has a negative impact on life. But Aristotle was convinced. The question is therefore… Did Marx knew that he could pass the ancient philosophers with what he was writing? Strange thing to point to is the formula Marx used in his book M-C-M and C-M-C, some people say it’s intentionally this formula to point at something else. Personally I think physics. Again something hidden in plain sight in the form of a joke to the initiates. This was a tip someone gave me… And indeed that is the humor of people that know things we don’t. They love it when you see it right in front of you but you have no idea.
Utilitarianism stands for a society with the most amount of happiness. The goal is thus the most amount of happiness in order to base your decisions and to say whether a decision is ethically and/or morally correct. So when the most amount of happiness is achieved then ethics or morals are respected, it does not matter how many people are involved and how the happiness is divided between the people. Looks great right?
But if 20 people are just ‘OK’ and 1 person is super happy, and this person is so happy that the sum total of happiness is bigger then when all 21 are all just ‘fine’ then this is ethically correct and morally a right thing to do. It’s about SACRIFICE. It is allowed that some people have to sacrifice themselves as long as the total amount of happiness is the biggest. So who are these people who have to sacrifice themselves and how many people are we talking about? Do they know it about themselves?
Can you see that people who are addicted to status, property and extravagance,.. the people who get the feeling that they are better then all the rest, that they own the world, that those people do reach a higher state of happiness compared to people that don’t really care about a lot of property/money and do care about other people instead of own interest? Own interest is by the way the hidden hand from Adam Smith (Hidden or Invisible hand).
But what does Aristotle say about all this? No man can have more then a certain amount of property/possessions/wealth. He is very strict and clear about these rules in his works. So do we have a problem? If the economy was based on exchange of goods there was indeed a problem but Karl Marx and the banking system provide the solution. You take your money and you hand it out as a loan so you actually don’t have a whole lot of capital but each month you get a certain amount that covers your BIG LUXURIOUS EXPENSES.
This way you escape Aristotle and Plato’s advise on how Life works and the Laws of nature on the division of property between the amount of people on earth. This way you escape the possible negative force when having to much, and you use Marx his theory on how to fully exploit your workers for your own advantage, meantime you give those workers loans so you don’t brake the Natural Laws Ancient Philosophers talk about. And above all, these loans even give you more money because of the interest. As if Marx his exploitation of workers isn’t enough. They also have to pay interest on loans. But don’t worry the Utilitarianism way of life solves the problem it’s all fucking ethical and morally tolerable and accepted. (322-1832. Aristotle + Bentham)
And all this is possible because of contracts, without legal agreement this would not exist. No loans, no investments, no labor contracts, … The rule of Law and Order is indeed very important.
If money controls workers and money controls the energy of the workers, then money controls energy. If the stock market is based on money and money controls the workers then who is the stock? A good name right? funny right 😉 Maybe this stock is like the goats of the Freemasons. ‘Do you ride the goat’? Same humor. Who is the goat? Or is it a donkey, who can carry all the weight? Besides the hidden hand has a far more important role to play then generally accepted. But they don’t give us all the information.
This whole text seems like a mockery because it is a mockery. Why? Because that’s the manner they speak to us, amusement because of our lack of knowledge. The second reason is because the person who went back into Plato’s cave was being mocked at. When people who know more then you mock you with riddles you don’t understand, make sure that they think you are a really dumbass, the riddles will become much more easy because they think you’re a stupid f°°K. Keep track of things, connect dots and see where the arrow points. by reading books random on good faith we will not know the truth but can only speculate. There are people who do know. When you meet people who treat you this way, you can become mad or you can play the game. Smart people they mock them with harder riddles. So be a smart man, play a stupid muppet for the masters, deceive them, manipulate them, study psychology, take the information , use the information and let them become the puppets while thinking they are still the masters. Because that’s what they have done and still are doing to us. And please don’t ride a goat, take the buss.